December, as it usually is, has been an exhalation: of stress, work, chaos. I spent the first week up at university, catching up on lectures and bits of reading I missed throughout the term, before enjoying a couple of days in London with some friends. From there, I headed back home to be with my family for Christmas.
We did the typical yuletide activities – making a wreath for the door, going on cold woodland walks, shopping for and wrapping presents, baking festive-flavoured things – and ate lots of yummy comfort food. It was a blessing to be able to use a proper food processor to make vegan nicecream again – I miss it so badly when I’m up at uni with just my cheap smoothie blender to rely on.
I also appreciated my super comfortable mattress at home and having a living room… What a luxury! This month has offered me some space away from the enclosed and often self-absorbed world of university. I’ve reconnected a little with my blog and felt the full force of a creative drive. I think this has given me some well-needed perspective for my next term in education; I’ve considered both what I did well and what I neglected during my first couple months at uni.
After a few days of relaxing and one day of causing my body to ache a lot (ice skating and falling down a whole flight of stairs were both involved), I headed off to the Peak District to see in the New Year with a week of hiking windswept hills.
Being out in nature always instils a sense of reflection in me. I’ve been thinking quite a bit about how I’d like my 2019 to be. No spoilers will be materialising in this post as I will have a ‘goals’ kind of post going up soon, so look out for that (or you can get a flavour in my 2018 goals review post).
Talking of 2018 – although it is hard to summarise 365 days in a couple of sentences – it seems pretty amazing to be here, standing at the end of it. There were some moments in which it felt like time had stopped, or was spiralling in on itself. But alas, time ceases for no one. The world carried on going, even when things were slipping away from me, and I felt like I had concrete blocks tied to my ankles, pulling me underwater. That’s a lesson, albeit a cliché one, from 2018.
The last year held a lot of highs too: the learning curve of a new job, distinctions in my distance learning course, ten countries visited (many of them for the first time), my first paid blogging opportunities, a positive start to university, new friendships forged, and plenty of important discoveries about stretching my limits. I’m grateful to all the people who have been involved in making these events, and the rest of 2018, happen in the way it did.
Although sometimes tumultuous, I think I can look back on the year and know that I did my best to learn more about myself and the world, and hopefully I gave out some positive energy too.
How was your year? Here’s to a great 2019 for us all ❤
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